R.K. Narayan Omnibus
Swami and Friends, The Bachelor of Arts, The Dark Room, The English Teacher v. 1
By (author) R. K. Narayan
R.K. Narayan Omnibus by R. K. Narayan
Book DescriptionR. K. Narayan (1906-2001) witnessed nearly a century of change in his native India and captured it in fiction of uncommon warmth and vibrancy. "Swami and Friends" introduces us to Narayan's beloved fictional town of Malgudi, where ten-year-old Swaminathan's excitement about his country's initial stirrings for independence competes with his ardour for cricket and all other things British. "The Bachelor of Arts" is a poignant coming-of-age novel about a young man flush with first love, but whose freedom to pursue it is hindered by the fixed ideas of his traditional Hindu family. In "The Dark Room", Narayan's portrait of aggrieved domesticity, the docile and obedient Savitri, like many Malgudi women, is torn between submitting to her husband's humiliations and trying to escape them. The title character in "The English Teacher", Narayan's most autobiographical novel, searches for meaning when the death of his young wife deprives him of his greatest source of happiness.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781857152937
(210mm x 135mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Everyman's Library
Publish Date: 2-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author R. K. Narayan
Ramayana, Paperback (November 2006)
"The Ramayana" is the greatest of Indian epics - and one of the world's supreme masterpieces of storytelling. Telling the story, this work suggests that it can be enjoyed for its psychological insight, its spiritual depth and its wisdom - or as a tale of abduction, battle and courtship played out in a universe with heroes, deities and demons.
Painter of Signs, Paperback (November 2006)
Presents a story in which love gets in the way of progress when Raman, a sign painter, meets the thrillingly independent Daisy, who wishes to bring birth control to the city of Malgudi.
Guide, Paperback (November 2006)
Raju's first stop after his release from prison is the barber's shop. Then he decides to take refuge in an abandoned temple. Raju used to be India's most corrupt tourist guide, but now a peasant mistakes him for a holy man. Gradually he begins to play the part. He succeeds so well that God himself intervenes to put Raju's new holiness to the test.
Malgudi Days, Paperback (November 2006)» View all books by R. K. Narayan
Introducing a collection of stories, this work portrays an astrologer, a snake-charmer, a postman, a vendor of pies and chappatis - all kinds of people, drawn in full colour and domestic detail. It sheds light on the city of Malgudi, revealing the essence of India and of human experience.
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Author Biography - R. K. Narayan
R K Narayan's writing spans the greatest period of change in modern Indian history, from the days of the Raj - Swami and Friends (1935), The Bachelor of Arts (1937) and The English Teacher (1945) - to recent years of political unrest - The Painter of Signs (1976), A Tiger for Malgudi (1983), and Talkative Man (1987). He has published numerous collections of short stories, including Malgudi Days (1982), and Under the Banyan Tree (1985), and several works of non-fiction.
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